Happy Sunday Y’all! Thanks for stopping in as well!!! From the North Carolina mountains to you I wish you all well!
The views here are amazing and birds are always out chirping and singing happy songs! We just love it here 😀 And this Bonnie-ism really seems appropriate today to share with you all…
Have you designed a life you love??? It can be quite tricky to accomplish I agree!
It has been a busy week here at the Lazy Daisy 🙂
Last Sunday I spent time hand quilting and designing this wholecloth pillow from stash and leftovers of the quilt I am quilting currently…
Why does my honey need a new snuggle pillow?? Will #1 his current snuggle pillow is getting worn… and #2 I made these cool pillow shams and the current snuggle pillow he sleeps with just doesn’t coordinate… it is cool batik colors and as you see… this calls for more warm muted colors…
I used some tips from a Craftsy Unlimited class to make the Friendship Braid pattern on these pillow shams… the rest was all my design though 🙂 I love creating things in this environment!
I also am FINALLY a North Carolina citizen with voting priviledges and all!! I am waiting for the official driver’s license to come in the mail… for now I have this paper ID to show my pride in my forever home state!
I have been looking for this pattern and after successfully getting my driver’s license we made a run to Walmart down the road and in waiting for my honey I found this pattern…
Yahoo! It is for making memory bears… I can’t wait for the opportunity to make one with this pattern too!!! Have you seen/made this pattern yet???
Also this week my honey got a close up on one of our resident FROGS!!!!
He was by our water wheel… his favorite place to hang out… but rarely will he let us get close enough to get photos of him….. Yay!
I got 2 different orders of fabric… first came some backing and batting I ordered for the charity quilt I will be machine quilting later this week… I shared the quilt top last week….
And I got this cool fabric to make a wall hanging for my sewing room!
My deal with myself is though… I must finish the pillow for my honey to snuggle before I bite into this next project… and I haven’t started to hand quilt his pillow top yet! lol So it sits on my ironing table waiting for me to finish 1 to get to the next!!!!
After chatting with a good friend who machine quilts a lot… I decided to invest in some pool noodles at the dollar store for pin basting on the big island in our kitchen … I will be pin basting all 3 layers following a youtube video by Melanie Hamm. She explains the process in 5 minutes and includes info on spray basting if you choose that.. I don’t but pin basting is my fave way to layer up a quilt for any type of quilting… I will be using Zena my 401a to machine quilt as that has the walking foot on it 🙂
The above photo is 2 pool noodles per “pole” and each pole has a long piece of quarter round to make it stiff and long … my honey came up with that idea! I was gonna use mop handles we had picked up at the dollar store… so now we will return those and use what we had… being ingenious is my honey’s favorite talent btw! lol
Finally we are getting to my favorite part and where I have spent a good bit of my week…
Hand quilting IS sooooo powerful… I have made lots of progress too!!!
From marking with my pounce pad (check out a YouTube video by Leah Day if you are interested in trying this method)… to stepping back and realizing I am 1/4 done with ALL the quilting on this quilt!!!
Here is a close up of my current progress point….
And here is a long view…
So all this hand quilting goodness I am linking up with other hand work lovers over at Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday linky party… Come on over HERE and see ALL this different kinds of hand work going on today all over the world!!!
Update for those of you following my honey’s sciatic pain… he did a steroid dose pack and muscle relaxers and heat this week and took it easy… the hardest part… and is not much better once the steroids finished up so we will be calling his primary doctor on Monday!
Also his newly acquired oxygen concentrator has a yellow flashing light… we thought we had solved the issue with a bit of water in the line… but this morning it is flashing again!!! So we will be investigating both issues this week….
Keep him in your thoughts this week please!!!!
I will be making a comment first as soon as I post this so hopefully all your comments will come to my inbox today (that was a solution offered by another blogger last week)… otherwise if you don’t hear from me and you are nice enough to leave a comment on this post… come on back later and see if I saw it yet… I comment on EACH post every time! I love comments 😀
Have a blessed day and remember to…